One of America's Last Battleships Fired 5,688 16-Inch Shells During the Vietnam War - 08-17


The USS New Jersey, an Iowa-Class Battleship, did some major damage. As the war in Vietnam reached its crescendo, the U.S. Navy prepared to recommission one of the most powerful ships ever to serve in the fleet. USS New Jersey, an Iowa-class battleship, was reactivated to provide naval gunfire support for American and allied forces fighting in South Vietnam. The battlewagon fired nearly twenty thousand shells during its tour of duty, bombarding enemy forces the way only a battleship can.